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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on International Migrants Day

Ban Ki-moonVienna, 18 December - Every moment, around the world, people leave their countries in search of a safer or better life. Globally, more than 214 million people are on the move. Many flee difficult conditions only to face even greater struggles, including human rights violations, poverty and discrimination. But these migrants have more than fear and uncertainty; they also possess hopes, courage and the resolve to build a better life. With the right support, they can contribute to society's progress.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on Human Rights Day

Ban Ki-moon (Photo - Matej Povše)VIENNA, 10 December (UN Information Service) – Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on International Volunteer Day

VIENNA, 5 December (UN Information Service) - As we celebrate the impact of volunteers on our world, let us remember the many places they are needed: in war zones and classrooms, in hospitals and homes - wherever struggling people seek a helping hand.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Vienna, 25 November - Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. From battlefield to home, on the streets, at school, in the workplace or in their community, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. As many as a quarter of all pregnant women are affected.

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Following report on activities in Sri Lanka war, Ban determined to strengthen UN responses to crises

Sri Lanka war. (Photo - AFP)14 November 2012 – “The United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he released a United Nations report looking into the world body’s actions during the final months of the 2009 war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.

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